The HELPS Program is purposefully managed and funded through a non-profit organization (The Helps Education Fund) so that we can continue to offer this evidence-based, research-validated program free for all educators who can benefit from it, including parents. As such, finances for dissemination efforts (such as advertising) are very limited, and we prefer to use our financial resources in ways that will most directly assist educators and students. Fortunately, one of our best means of advertising is simply through word-of-mouth by supportive HELPS users!
If you believe there are benefits of the HELPS Program and you want others to know about this free reading program, here are some ways you can help us spread the word about HELPS! Most of these suggestions are easy to do, but can be very effective…
1. Click the Facebook "Like" button at the top of this page or visit the HELPS Program Facebook page and become a "fan/friend" of the program. By doing this, your other Facebook friends may be more likely to find information about HELPS, and this will also allow you to receive updates about HELPS via Facebook.
2. Copy and paste the description of the HELPS Program (provided at the bottom of this page) into an email and forward the email to all of your friends and colleagues who may be interested in accessing the materials. Remember, parents, teachers, and school volunteers have successfully used HELPS!
3. Talk with your school administrators about getting other teachers in your school, district, or region trained to use the HELPS Program. Dr. Begeny (developer of the HELPS Program) and other certified HELPS trainers try hard to work with schools and/or districts in order to offer HELPS workshops at very affordable costs. Also, many schools/districts are eligible to apply for free or reduced-price workshops, which are donated by The Helps Education Fund. Click here for information about applying for workshop and related service donations.
4. Post a brief description of the HELPS Program (provided at the bottom of this page) on a website that other educators will see. We know that many educators either manage personal websites or can influence the content of school/work websites that describe useful educational materials for teachers. By adding a link between the HELPS Program website and another website, you can quickly and easily get the word out about HELPS.
5. Contact educational organizations that you are affiliated with. Most teachers are affiliated with professional organizations that host newsletters, workshops, conferences, websites, and related modes of information-sharing to the organization's members. Therefore, by contacting your professional organization(s), this may result in them providing a brief description of HELPS on their website or newsletter, sponsoring a HELPS Program workshop, or engaging in some other activity that will allow educators to learn more about HELPS and how to access it.
6. Contact your local media. Local newspapers, parent magazines, and related media sources oftentimes describe educational programs and products that may be of interest to parents and teachers. As such, by making contact with your local media sources, these sources may be interested in sharing information about HELPS. Because the HELPS Program is evidence-based, shown to be effective through research, and available for free, this may be particularly appealing to media sources.
The Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) One-on-One Program
The Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) Program integrates eight research-based instructional strategies that are easy to use and designed to improve students' reading fluency. Strong reading fluency is important because it is necessary for reading comprehension.
The HELPS Program can be implemented in approximately 10 minutes per student and used by various types of educators (e.g., regular or special education teachers, teacher assistants, school psychologists, reading specialists, librarians, well-trained parents, etc.). As part of the HELPS Programs that are available or in development, there is a one-on-one program, a program for small-groups, a program for parents to use at home, and a program that is translated/adapted for Spanish speakers.
All materials and information needed to implement HELPS Programs can be accessed for free from the HELPS Program website: www.helpsprogram.org.